Saturday 20 January 2018

Owens steps down from Deise

WATERFORD are on the hunt for a new football manager after John Owens stepped down after three years in charge of the Deise last night, WRITES Donnchadh BoylE.

Owens' men bowed out of the championship this year after a heavy defeat at the hands of Limerick in Munster before they went on to lose narrowly to Wicklow in the first round of the Qualifiers.

The Garden men needed extra-time to get past Waterford, who played with 14 men for the majority of the game.

Owens enjoyed his best year in charge in his first campaign in 2010 when he led the Deise on a rare foray out of Division four.

They narrowly lost out on silverware to Limerick in a rare appearance in Croke Park in that year's Division Four final.

Owens also oversaw championship wins over Clare and London in his time in charge and the Waterford board thanked the outgoing manager for his work.

"John Owens, Senior Football manager has stepped down from the position at the end of his term. Thanks (to) John for 3 years of work & commitment," read the statement.

Owens becomes the latest football manager to step down this year, joining the likes of Paddy O'Rourke (Armagh), Luke Dempsey (Carlow), John Evans (Tipperary) and Eamonn McEnaney (Monaghan).

Irish Independent

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